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Headword: Ποιφύσσω
Adler number: pi,3103
Translated headword: I puff out
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] I emit my breath forcefully and with a sound. "Nor do I puff out my extremely fine lips around the leapings of a ship, delighting in my profile."[1] The dolphin says [this].
Also [sc. attested is] Ποιφύξαι ['to puff out'], [meaning] to flee.[2]
Greek Original:
Ποιφύσσω: σφοδρῶς καὶ μετὰ ἤχου τὴν πνοὴν ἐκπέμπω. οὐδὲ περὶ σκαρθμοῖσι νεὼς περικαλλέα χείλη ποιφύσσω, τἀμᾷ τερπόμενος προτομᾷ. ὁ δελφίς φησι. καὶ Ποιφύξαι, φυγεῖν.
The headword is present indicative (or subjunctive) active, first person singular. This form is unattested, prior to the Suda, outside lexicography. Its presence in the quotation that follows is probably an error; see note 1 below. See also pi 3102.
[1] Greek Anthology 7.215.3-4 (Anyte), with two variant readings, including the headword, which in the original is in the future tense, ποιφύξω ; also in place of the Suda's περὶ σκαρθμοῖσι νεὼς ("around the leapings of the ship"), Anyte's text reads παρ' εὐσκαλμοιο νεὼς ("from alongside the well-tholed ship").
[2] Here the aorist active infinitive of the same verb is glossed. Adler reports that Lexicon Ambrosianum 1075 is equivalent. The meaning attributed to the word in the gloss is not easy to document in the preserved literature, although a scholion to Oppian, Halieutica 2.288, gets close in attributing meanings relating to swift and energetic movement. Better-attested is the meaning 'frighten', 'put to flight' (see Hesychius pi2746, pi2747, pi2748; scholia to Nicander, Theriaca 180; Sophron fr. 50 tit. Kaibel), for which this may be a misunderstanding. Bernhardy suggested emending the gloss to φυσᾶν ('to blow').
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Translated by: William Hutton on 19 September 2013@18:21:23.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 20 September 2013@03:48:24.
David Whitehead on 23 October 2013@07:08:42.


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